Estadio Benito Villamarin – the home of Real Betis – looked spectacular on Sunday night as the Spanish side hosted rivals Sevilla in a big city derby. And the pre-match setup at the stadium should have given Celtic some ideas.
The La Liga side dished out filter stickers to fans prior to the match with the intention that they would be placed over mobile phone flashlights. The idea was that fans would then turn on their lights and display a luminous green colour throughout the stadium as the players took to the field.
As the below image shows, the plan certainly worked a treat and created an immense spectacle.
It couldn't be this time. Thank you to the more than 50,000 supporting at Villamarín and the thousands doing it from home.
— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) November 11, 2019
Unfortunately, the green and white side from Seville lost the match 2-1 and sit dangerously low in the Spanish top-flight as a result. However, it seems that their pre-match plan has caught the attention of a few in this country who feel that Celtic should try the same at a future match.
@CelticFC need to do this!
— Alan (@AlanM70859629) November 10, 2019
— Sports Marketing Scotland (@sportsmarketsco) November 11, 2019
Celtic could learn from neat Betis idea
As the above video shows, the ‘disco lights’ at Betis’ stadium seem to help to create an inspiring pre-match spectacle. Celtic installed some hi-tech lights at the beginning of last season and, despite them being pretty cool, there’s still a feeling that they’ve not quite lived up to the hype.
Perhaps it’s been the lack of Champions League group stage football since they arrived that have lessened their impact. Or the fact that they cost the club a reported £2.3million (Daily Record). Whatever the case, maybe the club could take a leaf out of Betis’ book.
It’s not as if the Celtic support aren’t used to flashing their lights at matches. Many fans still show their support for the Lisbon Lions by doing so in the 67th minute of big clashes. While the phenomenon has died down a bit since the 50th anniversary year in 2017, it’s still part of many games.
With a bit more of that, and some green filter stickers, we could really get our money out of the big recent acquisition.